Shifting the Demographic Axis

Andrew Yang:

“Investors aren’t investing in job growth, they’re investing in bottom line profitability of the firms, and the tough truth is that a lot of these firms can operate more efficiently and more profitably with fewer people. I’m privy to the thinking of many major company CEOs and they are telling people confidentially that they’re not going to hire back a lot of the people that they furloughed or let go. This economy is not going to snap back into place like a rubber band in part because that relationship that you described, that if businesses do well then workers will benefit, that bargain has broken down and now it barely exists.”

It wouldn’t be surprising for those most vulnerable to the economic downturn — the young — to blame those most vulnerable to the illness itself — the old. And vice versa. Yang shifts the focus of attention from age to wealth. Across all ages, the virus disproportionately claims the lives of the poor. And across all ages, unemployment and workplace hazard disproportionately affect those on the lower end of the pay scale.

Notes Toward a Freudian Interpretation of Trump’s Corona Warrior Mandate

“The people of our country should think of themselves as warriors. Our country has to open.”

Virus as spermatozoa?

Infection as impregnation?

Sneezing and coughing as ejaculation?

Mask as condom AND diaphragm?

Vaccine as birth control pill AND hypodermic as penis?

Herd as cows, corona as bull?




What Would Jesus Do?

Go get a fresh haircut and a mani-pedi, then assemble the masses ASAP for the latest sermon. Get sick? No worries: I’ll heal you. And if that doesn’t work?

 Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

Return of the Repressed

If we were immersed in a classic Hollywood horror movie, Corona would have been crushed, or chased away, or it would have mysteriously disappeared. Then, after everyone had stopped thinking and talking about it, Corona would have come roaring back, wreaking havoc and leaving destruction in its wake.

But we’ve been given a different script. Corona has fought off the resistance. It’s not gone away or been rendered impotent. It’s still here, as potent as ever and gaining strength. The villagers know it’s still here but they’re acting as if it’s not, resuming business as usual, exposing themselves daily to the horror in their midst.

Is this the repression, this inner conflict waged against the conscious awareness of horror? It’s not gone; it’s just gone underground. There in its exile it festers and grows, probing for weakened defenses, gathering its forces…


Coronavirus is already receding into the past. Sometimes a crisis resolves itself not by going away but by stabilizing into a chronic condition. The new normal doesn’t stay new for long; it’s just normal. It’s getting hard to remember when it wasn’t boring, wasn’t already dead.


Body Count in Perspective

Over the past month of national lockdown the US coronavirus body count has plateaued at around 2,000 per day. The newly updated CDC model projects that, by the beginning of June, the daily count will jump to 3,000. “It’s simple logic,” CNN’s senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen said. “When you tell people, ‘Hey, you can go to bars, you can get your nails done, you can go to a restaurant,’ those numbers are going to go up.”

The mortality rate for covid is around 0.6 percent. The virus will continue to spread until it reaches and overshoots herd immunity, infecting at least 80 percent of the population. Based on the CDC projections, it should take about 16 months to reach that number

There are 330 million Americans; 1.6 million of them will die from the virus by next September.

In 2018, 2.8 million Americans died from all causes.